812.6363/444: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin)

1962. Confidential. Following from Fletcher for Summerlin: Since I have been in the Department I have endeavored to secure more liberal treatment of Mexico with respect to shipments of arms, munitions and raw materials for their manufacture, and I am succeeding in this respect. The refusal of the Mexican Government to grant our oil companies permits to drill, if persisted in, will serously interfere with my efforts. In carrying out instructions contained in Department’s telegram of today,75 I would suggest that in addition to taking the matter up informally at the Foreign Office, you should see Cabrera, and acquaint him with the situation and endeavor to enlist his cooperation in securing at least provisional permits to drill. Bonillas has promised to telegraph Carranza personally recommending favorable action in regard to securing provisional permits. Should the Mexican Government prove obdurate, it will encounter difficulty in securing further shipments of arms and munitions.

  1. Infra.